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I'm writing an asset inventory resource and have come across a lot of interesting research. Here's an example: Ignoring strengths in favor of weaknesses has a profound effect on individual performance, according to a 2002 Corporate Leadership Council survey of nearly 20,000 employees in 29 countries. Emphasis on performance strengths was linked to a 36 percent improvement in performance while emphasis on performance weaknesses was linked to a 27 percent decline in performance. (from "The Power of Positive Thinking in the Workplace" HR News. 2008 Society for Human Resource Management.
Paul de Vries was the class “dummy” for most of elementary school – partly, as he describes, because of severe myopia and dyslexia. By the time he was in 6th grade, he was three years behind in every area of knowledge and skill development. Despite his struggles, he was promoted to the next grade level each year, falling further and further behind. In 6th grade, something changed. Paul’s teacher, Ms. Ethel Smith, took a very special interest in him. She dramatically helped and encouraged him during the second half of the school year and well into summer vacation. During that summer, she helped Paul overcome many of his difficulties with...